College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Road
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
College of Southern Maryland is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) since 1969, and maintains this status through self-study and periodic review. As a member of the Middle States Association (MSA), College of Southern Maryland is accredited according to the guidelines and standards set forth by the MSA, Commission on Higher Education (CHE), and subject to a self-study and peer review on a decennial basis.
This website is designed to facilitate the self-study process, provide information on reaccreditation, and provide links to important accreditation information.
On March 9 – 12, 2014 the College of Southern Maryland hosted eight members of a Middle States Commission on Higher Education evaluation team. The team was led by Dr. Raymond Yannuzzi, president of Camden County College in New Jersey. The four-day visit included the review of the college’s comprehensive self-study as well as hundreds of documents assembled to demonstrate CSM’s compliance with the fourteen Characteristics of Excellence established by the Middle States Commission.
On March 12, the evaluation team presented an oral report of their findings to the college community. In the words of the team chair, the evaluation team found that CSM meets or exceeds all of the Characteristics of Excellence. As a result of the team’s findings, the college should expect to be reaccredited by the Commission later this spring for an additional ten years, with no qualifications.
Over a two-year period, several hundred CSM faculty, staff, students, and trustees participated in the re-accreditation process and contributed to the development of the self-study report that was produced for the evaluation team. The Self-Study could not have been accomplished without their work. The entire college community thanks those who participated either directly or indirectly in making this a productive and successful process.